Alan Pardew admitted that Southampton fully deserved their spot in round four of the EFL Cup after the Saints beat his Eagles side 2-0 at St Mary’s.
A much-changed Palace side struggled to get into the game, and after suffering the blow of Scott Dann limping off early on, he felt his unfamiliar side struggled to get going.
In his post-match press conference, he spoke about:
The result: “The best team won for sure, they were very sharp tonight. Their passing and movement caused us problems and we didn’t start great, and losing Scott Dann knocked us back a little bit I thought.”
Dann’s injury: “It was his hamstring and how damaged that it, we’ll have to wait and see - I don’t know. The only good news is that James [Tomkins] might be OK for the weekend, he’s had a speedy recovery and we’re pleased about that.”
The eight changes to his line-up: “When you make changes, which Southampton did too, you’re never quite sure whether players are up to speed and I think we had one or two that looked a bit rusty. I can’t fault them as everyone gave their all, but we couldn’t create anything because we didn’t have enough imagination tonight or find a route to their goal.
“We were forced to make three changes to the back four from Sunday when Dann went off, so we got a bit disjointed there and gave up more chances than any other team has had against us this year. We’ve been really solid and had only conceded one goal in open play until tonight.”
Star performers: “Chungy was terrific tonight, he was one of our better displays. I thought him, Damo and the goalkeeper were all terrific in a team that was disjointed towards the end. I actually thought Damo was our best player tonight.”